Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 3 dead in grenade attack in Bujumbura

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inequality, sexism and the movie industry

Read more

ENCORE!

Sienna Miller on motherhood, her new movies and Cannes glamour

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After the Fall of Ramadi, Palmyra: Did the West Underestimate the Jihadists?

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Migrants and Immigrants: A Global Crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of French gastronomy

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Protests continue in Burundi as calls mount for election delay

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi: Nkurunziza delays parliamentary polls as clashes continue

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least two killed in fresh protests in Bujumbura

Read more

middle east - do not use

Only 100 protesters out of 1,400 allowed to march to mark Gaza war

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-30

Egypt has allowed just 100 of about 1,400 protesters to march into Gaza on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of Israel's three-week-long siege of the Palestinian territory. The 100 activists left for the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning.

AFP - One hundred international activists left Cairo on Wednesday for the Gaza Strip, after Egypt denied passage to another 1,200 who planned to march in solidarity with the besieged enclave's Palestinians.
   
"Two buses with 100 delegates on board left this morning for Gaza," Ann Wright, one of the organisers of the Gaza Freedom March, told AFP.
   
Egyptian authorities had banned the activists who have come to Cairo from 42 countries to take part in the march from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing, the only entry that bypasses Israel.
   
They were hoping to join Palestinians for a march Thursday to mark the first anniversary of Israel's devastating war on Gaza that killed 1,400 Palestinians. Thirteen Israelis also died.
   
The move to allow 100 protesters through came after intervention from Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, Wright said.
   
"It's a positive breakthrough. It shows that six days' of pressure has worked," she said.
   
But Wright said those left behind in Cairo would still try to push for entry into the blockaded enclave.
   
"It's not the Egyptian government policy we are trying to take on. We are trying to highlight what is going on in Gaza," she said.
   
The activists had staged demonstrations and hunger strikes around Cairo to protest at Egypt's refusal to let them leave the city.
   
Egypt had said it barred the protesters because of the "sensitive situation" in the Gaza Strip, accusing them of trying to embarrass Cairo with their demonstrations.
   
 

Date created : 2009-12-30

  • EGYPT

    French demonstrators block Cairo embassy to protest Gaza ban

    Read more

COMMENT(S)